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  ILCAE June 25 Meeting Agenda, RSVP, Zoom Link  
  Dean Dittmar  6/21/2021 4:35:00 PM  

(sent to ILCAE members and advisory members for ILCAE)

Date:  Friday, June 25, 2021                         Click to RSVP
Time:  9 am - Start    12 noon - End

Format:  Virtual 
Join via Zoom -

Join via phone - 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) - 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 526 986 3147 Passcode: U3rGKC

Agenda is below and click to view

Welcome and Introductions – Allyn Buhrow, Chair 

Approval of March 26, 2021, Meeting Minutes – Michael Zecher, Secretary

Public Comment

Old Business
1 - Nomination of ILCAE Members for ICAE – View on Governor’s site
    -Becky Ropp resignation – recommendation of Karen Schieler
    -Kim Haywood – term expires 3-13-21
    -Aimee (Poskin) Shasteen – term expires 3-12-21
2 - Ag Ed 365 Advocacy fund has been paid up through June, 2021.
3 – ICAE Meeting Update - Uses of Ag Royalty account, FCAE Project as a grant or contract

New Business
1 – State Legislature and Governor’s Office Update
      Discussion:  Communication with Jesse Faber, IAVAT Legislative Committee Chair & Patrick
      Barry, IAVAT Ag Ed Lobbyist
      Action Item:  Understand bill language and priorities as contacts are made with legislators
      in support of agricultural education.  Begin the discussion for a FY23 Ag Ed Line Item Budget ask.

HB 3178 – ILCAE change of members to ICAE
HB 3218 & SB 1624 – University admissions requirements
SB 2164 – school truck transportation
All are awaiting the Governor’s signature
FY22 Budget with Ag Ed Line Item at $5,000,000 approved.

2 - Future Meeting Dates and Time Length for Each Meeting
      Thursday, September 2, 12 noon - 4 pm, Decatur with Farm Progress Show - lunch provided
      Friday, December 10 – Annual Meeting   (central location preferred) 

ICAE Meeting Schedule
Friday, July 9, 2021
Friday, September 10, 2021
Friday, November 12, 2021 

3 – Discussion on the feasibility of partnering with an Illinois university College of Education in the Cook county and Chicago area to establish an urban agricultural education teacher certification degree.
      Discussion:  Presentation and discussion of challenges and opportunities with Anna Ball,
      Associate Dean for Academic Programs, College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental  
      Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      Action Item:  Decide how to proceed and possibly form a committee.

4 – State Agricultural Education Curriculum on
      Discussion: Update on the Agribusiness Library revision, other curriculum projects, and the
      annual subscription to which ended on May 31, 2021.  Review letter that
      ILCAE officers sent to ISBE, and a response letter from ISBE.
      Action Item: Develop plan and timeline for continuation of the availability of the curriculum to
      teachers and students.

5 – Sustaining and Increasing the AFNR Talent Pipeline of Quality Employees
      Update on the IL Ag & Food Alliance Workforce Working Group by Tyler Strom
      Discussion:  Review the progress of this Alliance
      Action Item:  Approve, guide, support these initiatives to grow programs and students in urban

6 – FFA Convention and Officer Election Update
      Discussion:  Updates from FFA from Mindy Bunselmeyer, FFA Executive Director,
      and Adam Loker, 2021-22 Illinois FFA President 
      Action Item:  Continue to support the FFA organization

7 – Update from FCAE.  View monthly reports and update.
      Discussion:  Job vacancies and candidates to date, Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources,
      and Related Sciences (MANRRS) initiatives, and other projects/activities updates from
      FCAE staff.  Questions/answers
      Action Item:  Stay informed of successes, challenges, and opportunities.

8 - New Member Nominations and Elections
      Discussion:  Review new member nominations and best practices to onboard new members
      Action Item:  Elect individuals for membership and onboard new members.

9 – Reports from Advisory Groups 



Dean Dittmar, Coordinator
Facilitating Coordination in Ag Education (FCAE)
Phone: 217-893-0091 Cell: 618-604-1622
Address: 3358 Big Pine Trail , Champaign, IL 61822
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